HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans will host the Uvalde High School football team and wear “Uvalde Strong” decals on their helmets when they open the season on Sept. 11 against Indianapolis.
A contingent of the team, including coach Lovie Smith and linebackers Christian Kirksey and Kamu Grugier-Hill, visited Uvalde on Thursday night and surprised the team with new uniforms provided by Nike during a team dinner.
“It was just special to see the smiles on their faces because we know this city has been drastically affected,” Kirksey said in a television interview. “Being a leader and not just being a football player but being someone who can be an extra shoulder to lean on has definitely warmed something in my heart… (and) we’re just going to be here with the city and let them know.” that we will support them in every way and will be there for them.”
This is part of the team’s ongoing support for the community. The Texans donated $400,000 to the Robb Elementary School memorial fund after a shooting killed 19 children and two teachers there in May.
During the visit, the Texans also announced they would be joining grocery chain HEB to pay for the high school team’s trip to kickoff and watch the NFL game from a suite.
Kirksey and Grugier-Hill showed the team the sticker on a Texas helmet during an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America.
“You will be with us and we will be with you,” Grugier-Hill told them while holding the helmet. “Words can’t even describe or help what you’ve been through, so all we can do is try to empathize with you and be there for you.”
The visit continued Friday as team owners Cal and Hannah McNair joined members of the organization in town and the team hosted soccer camps and clinics for hundreds of children before attending Uvalde’s home game.
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